UK Covid live news: ‘more is required’ to tackle lost pupil learning, says Gavin Williamson

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Latest updates: education secretary pressed over further funding after unions criticise £1.4bn announcement for English pupils

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9.40am BST

Education secretary Gavin Williamson said recording zero deaths from coronavirus on Tuesday was “promising” but urged the public not to be complacent.

Speaking to LBC radio, he said: “It shows that the enormous sacrifices of the British people are starting to really deliver.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson says the UK recording zero daily deaths yesterday shows “the enormous sacrifices of the British people are starting to really deliver”.@NickFerrariLBC pic.twitter.com/iv09OQZqWW

The fact that the British people have gone out there with verve and gusto and actually got vaccinated when so many other nations have not had that same level of take-up is a real credit.

It is promising what we’ve seen in terms of zero deaths but we can’t be complacent.

You’re right to say it is about data, not dates, but the vaccines are having an impact in terms of actually reducing transmission, reducing the number of people in hospital and it is these factors that are going to guide the decision.

9.23am BST

Cabinet minister Gavin Williamson suggested more money will be “required” as the government tackles lost pupil learning during the pandemic.

Put to him that an extra 1.4 billion amounted to 50 per pupil in England, the education secretary told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:

It is quite unprecedented to be getting this quantum of money outside of a spending review.

But what we decided we needed to do was deliver interventions and support and invest in children immediately – that’s why we’ve… over the last few months announced a total of over 3 billion in terms of targeted help for children.

It is incredibly tempting to get involved in divulging to you private conversations with the chancellor and the prime minister, but I’m going to possibly sidestep this one, if that’s OK?

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Source: The Guardian
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